This footed bowl originally formed the base of a birth set—a series of nesting bowls and dishes celebrating childbirth. Only when the set was disassembled would the domestic image on its interior be revealed. Here, a new mother appears in her bedchamber together with her infant and two companions. The exterior decoration depicts the unfortunate hunter Actaeon, who was turned into a stag by the goddess Diana.
Baron Gustave de Rothschild ; Baron Lambert ; Baroness Rothschild-Lambert (until 1941; Rothschild-Lambert sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, March 7, 1941, no. 71; to MMA)